Pear, Pancetta and Leerdammer Tart

Makes 4 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups Leerdammer ® cheese, grated
  • 1 puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pears, peeled, halved and cut into 1/2" thick slices
  • 4 oz. pancetta, diced
  • Fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 415°F.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about a 10" square. Then cut out 4 circles using a bowl as a template. Using a sharp knife held horizontally against the edge of the pastry, knock up the sides - this helps seperate the flakes as the pastry rises during cooking. Flute the edges by pressing the back of a knife vertically around the edges. Place the circles on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Place 3/4 of the Leerdammer® in a bowl with egg white, crème fraiche and season. Mix well. Place a quarter of the mix in the center of each pastry circle. Spread over leaving about 1/2" inch boarder.

Arrange half a pear, cut in slices overlapping on top of the tart. Fry the pancetta in a non-stick pan until crisp. Scatter this over the pears with rosemary. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes then remove from oven. Scatter over the remaining cheese then return to oven for final 5 minutes to melt cheese. Serve hot, or cold.